COVID-19 Resources, Updates, and FAQs
Our desire is to help individuals and families continue to grow spiritually during this time where we have been asked to limit our gatherings. In the space that follows, we will post updated content, resources, and links that we hope will be helpful for you and your family. Feel free to share with others!
National Day of Prayer
Join us as we join in with thousands of other churches around the country for the 2020 National Day of Prayer. The SBC guide for this year’s National Day of Prayer can be accessed online at the Baptist Press website or downloaded in PDF form here:
God’s Word instructs to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Christ is the law of love, the “new commandment” that Jesus gave his followers to love one another in the same way that he loved us. At Mountain Creek, we’re committed to doing just that.
Whether you need help, or whether you’re here to find out how you can help others, we’re all in this together.
Mountain Creek Cares is our effort as a community of God’s people to serve one another and our community in this time of need. Click the link above for more details.
All our video content––Sunday morning online services, Youth Night Live (Wednesdays), as well as other short devotionals and messages––will be streamed on our YouTube channel. Click the link above, and be sure to “subscribe” to the page for easy reference! Once you subscribe, just go to YouTube.com and our Mountain Creek Media page should appear under “subscriptions” on the right side of the YouTube home page.
We’ve put together a packet of resources to help families point their children toward Jesus during this time of uncertainty and separation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Our prayer is that this COVID-19 PARENT RESOURCE PACKET will be a blessing to your family and assist you in the discipleship of your children.
Below you will find the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and the Mountain Creek Baptist Church community. All future updates will be added to this page, in addition to other forms of communication (Email, Social Media, Realm Connect App, etc.).
April 24, 2020 Update
Mountain Creek Family,
As you are aware, our Governor began the process this week of slowly loosening some restrictions and reopening some businesses that have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19. As more and more of the conversation around our community, state, and nation turns toward this process of reopening, we wanted to let you know where we are as a church and how we are working towards gathering again when the time is right.
As of today, April 24, there has not yet been a rescinding of the Governor’s recommendations concerning public gatherings or the guidelines to not congregate in groups of more than three people. Our desire is to continue to listen to the recommendations given by the state for public gatherings and make decisions based on that information. We are praying for wisdom for those issuing these guidelines and are hopeful that we will hear new recommendations for public gatherings in the near future. As we have spoken with several churches both in our immediate area and across our region of South Carolina, we have found this to be in line with the thinking and planning of many of our sister congregations, both in our local association and, more broadly speaking, in the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Therefore, although at this point we are unable to give a date when services may resume, we do want you to know that we are working now towards planning what that may look like for us at Mountain Creek. Even when we are able to gather again for worship it seems almost certain that we will not be able to immediately resume our services and activities exactly as they were before the virus. For that reason, we are tentatively planning a phased re-opening of MCBC. A detailed plan for the first phase—gathering again for worship on the Lord’s Day—will be made available as soon as possible.
For all of us who have traveled on trips overseas or within our region for the sake of the gospel, we have often heard the mission trip motto: “Be flexible.” On those short-term trips, flexibility is imperative to be sure that the team is able to meet needs and serve the community and spread the gospel no matter what unexpected event may arise. This is the situation in which we all find ourselves at this point. Our hope is that we would all seek to “be flexible”—to be ready to adapt and adjust for this season, so that we can continue to best serve one another and our community, seeking to love God, love one another, and advance the gospel.
We look forward to the day when our primary communication is not by email or letter or video, but face to face. We look forward to the day when we can all strive together for the faith of the gospel, side by side, not only in spirit, but also in presence. We look forward to the day when the saints can gather again in worship of Almighty God.
Praying with you for the hastening of that day,
THE VIRUS ISN’T WIDESPREAD IN OUR COMMUNITY. WHY SHOULD WE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS?
On the one hand, this was has been one of the most difficult parts of the decision to continue to not gather in person for worship, because at this point the virus doesn’t seem to be prevalent in Greenville County. On the other hand, we believe that Scripture tells us that we should be subject to our governing authorities because they have been given by God for our good.
While in the United States we do have a First Amendment right to gather for worship, our government is not in this decision seeking to suspend that freedom to worship, but rather they are acting for the common good to help prevent the spread of this sickness. We have found the article “Should Churches Submit to Government Demands to Shut Down Services?” by Dr. Bruce Ashford to be very helpful in this discussion.
Additionally, all of us should view this as a neighbor love issue and a way to help protect the vulnerable. Although many of us would only suffer a sickness from which we could recover, there are others both in our church community and in our broader community to whom this sickness poses great risk; for them it very well may be a life or death issue.
It is because we want to love our neighbors and protect the vulnerable, and because we believe that in this case the government is acting for the good of our nation, that we are heeding their recommendation to suspend meeting together at this time.
WHERE CAN I FIND MCBC-SPECIFIC UPDATES?
We will continually update this page with the most up-to-date information concerning Mountain Creek. Please keep it tabbed as a reference for the latest information.
As our status changes with any development, we will also update the church via email, social media, and the Realm Connect app.
HOW WILL WE CONTINUE THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND PRAYER IN THIS TIME?
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES
Beginning Sunday, May 3rd, we will be worshiping together on our church property through Drive-In Worship services. These services will meet at 9:30 a.m. and will be live-streamed to our YouTube channel. For more information about our Drive-In Worship, please see this announcement.
As a part of our Sunday morning time, our pastors will continue to email out questions for family discussion from the Sunday morning message. These questions will be sent each Sunday morning along with the information for that Sunday and the link to the Sunday service. Just as we have connected our Kids Worship lessons to our Sunday morning messages to encourage family discussions around the Word of God, we especially now want to continue those family conversations.
Additionally, please feel free to share the link for our live-stream with others, or invite them to join us at Drive-In Worship. One of the great opportunities in our culture right now for the gospel is the abundance of online church services in a time of heightened fear and anxiety. People are looking for hope, many are stuck at home, and there will be many opportunities to join in an online church gathering for those who would not typically attend church. Please pray for this to happen, both for us at MCBC and other churches across our country. What an opportunity for the spread of the gospel!
Music is an important way for us to be encouraged by and to be reminded of the truths of the gospel. For those who are watching the live-stream of our Drive-In Worship from your home, we believe that it would be a great way for your family to worship together if you sing along during the videos! Even if you don’t sing aloud, listen to these words and be reminded of God’s goodness and mercy as a part of your worship with your family.
Pastor Rhett has posted excellent resources for encouraging family devotions and conversations during this time of shelter-in-place. If you have not already, please be sure to read over Pastor Rhett’s helpful guide, “Talking with Your Kids about the Coronavirus” as well as the other great resources in the Parent Resource Packet linked at the top of this page. Our desire at MCBC is to partner with parents as they disciple their children, and we believe that these weeks will give families a great opportunity to take the next step in cultivating family worship at home.
MOUNTAIN CREEK STUDENT MINISTRY
Family devotions and discussions centered around the Word are not just for our younger children, but for our families with middle and high school students as well. Pastor Matt has been hosting Youth Night Live on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on our YouTube Channel. If you have 6th-12th Grade students looking for encouragement, we’d love for them to join us!
WHAT ABOUT OUR LIFE GROUPS?
Life Groups will not be meeting in person at this time due to the guidelines in place by our state government. We are praying and hoping that the virus spread will be slowed quickly with these measures and that very soon we will be able to begin meeting together as Life Groups once again.
In the meantime, for all our Life Groups who are able to do so, we encourage them to be meeting together via Zoom or some other video platform. Additionally, we encourage our Life Groups to continue to reach out to one another and check in on one another. God has designed us to follow Jesus together, and though it may be wise to suspend our physical gatherings temporarily, we still need mutual encouragement and care. The question for each of our groups is this: How can your group continue to pray for one another and encourage one another in this context?
CAN WE CONTINUE TO GIVE DURING THIS BREAK?
Yes. Giving through the local church is an act of worship, and just as we encourage you to continue in other areas of worship in this time, we also encourage you to continue in this. At this time there are three ways that you can give: You can give online by bank draft or card at mountaincreekbc.org/give; you can give by mail (255 W. Mountain Creek Church Rd., Greenville SC, 29609); or you can give at our Drive-In Worship giving stations as you exit the parking lot.
IS THE CHURCH OFFICE OPEN?
The MCBC office is open from 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. You can reach us at 864-244-4524 or by email:
- Rhett Burns – email@example.com (Associate Pastor; Families, Children, Missions)
- Martha Crouse – firstname.lastname@example.org (Minister of Music)
- Matt Hall – email@example.com (Pastor for Youth and College)
- Whitney Pendell – firstname.lastname@example.org (Office Administrator)
- Bert Watts – email@example.com (Senior Pastor)
- Brenda Whitaker – firstname.lastname@example.org (Financial Secretary)
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
The easiest way for you to let us know of your desire to serve is to go to the Mountain Creek Cares page and let us know how you would like to help. Please also share this page with others who may be in need of assistance.
Additionally, let’s do the simple things: Check on one another for encouragement and care. Reach out to your unchurched neighbors, particularly those with no family in the area. Pray specifically for one another and for our leaders. Do practical things to help fight the spread of the virus.
As soon as we are able to meet together again, jump back in. We’re looking forward to that day, and we pray that it will be very soon.